A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the themes here will be easily identified by most teens: love, breakups, loss, and puzzlement over life in general. There's some minor profanity ("s--t"), and a little bit of innuendo on a few songs.
What's the story?
After a brief fling with shiny dance pop on her previous CD, Jewel gets back to what she knows on GOODBYE ALICE IN WONDERLAND. She's still an introspective songwriter with an acoustic guitar, who thinks before she sings. She seems more than happy to get back to weaving well-baked poetry to get out emotions about desperate love, her past life, and valuing people while you have them. Highlights include the pop ballad "Again and Again," the country-flavored "Stephenville, TX," and the folky "Long Slow Slide."
Is it any good?
This CD lets us know that Jewel is still a hopeless romantic who can't stop examining everything around her, and it works well. Content-wise, there's not much to worry about other than a reference to going back to bed in "Words Get in the Way," and a quick line in "1000 Miles Away" that leaves little interpretive wiggle room: "I miss your hands on my skin." Bottom line: Teens could do a lot worse. Who knows, maybe this CD will inspire some kids to set their own poetry to music?